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Stray Paws Animal Haven

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South El monte, CA   |  https://www.straypawsanimalhaven.org/

Mission

Stray Paws Animal Haven is reducing street animal population through TNR (TRAP\NEUTER\RETURN), medical rehab, transport, relocation and networking.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small team making an extraordinary impact on communities in El Monte and surrounding Los Angeles County cities. Every day messages arrive from our website's contact page literally pleading for help with litters of newborn kittens born to strays, requests for low-cost spay/neuter and vaccines, help with trapping feral cats and reports of sick and injured felines. The city's animal shelters are overwhelmed and forced to euthanize if they intake the cats at all. Stray Paws is providing a huge service to the human and feline population that no one else is doing. We are providing education to empower pet-owners to properly care for and spay/neuter those animals they are able to keep. We are educating in schools, online and out in the community with the goal of reducing the stray population as well as transforming the way cats on the street are regarded by residents who see them as a nuisance. We teach people how to help trap humanely so we can spay/neuter and provide medical care.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Melissa Bento

Co Principal Officer

Joe Federico

Main address

9858 Rush Street

South El monte, CA 91733 USA

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EIN

83-1526587

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Stray Paws Animal Haven (SPAH), our mission is to stem the tide of kittens being born on the streets and prevent the needless suffering they will endure. The stray cat population is a burden on Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Through our TNR (trap, neuter, return) program we are making a significant and measurable difference that reaches far beyond the target city of El Monte. One female cat can give birth to up to 15 kittens in a year. Our TNR program stops the problem before it begins. SPAH also provides free and low cost spay/neuter and medical support to pet owners. According to a national research study conducted by the University of Tennessee, low-income households were more likely to own more than one pet.In the past two years, approximately 1 out of 4 (28%) households experienced barriers to veterinary care. The overwhelming barrier for all groups of pet owners was financial for all types of care - preventative, sickness and emergency.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

TNR Program

Stray Paws Animal Haven is reducing street animal population through TNR (TRAP NEUTER RETURN), medical rehab, transport, relocation and networking.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Providing the community with low cost spay and neuter services

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of released animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

TNR Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The numbers reflect cats that were TNRd (trapped / neutered - released).

Number of animals receiving subsidized or free spay/neuter services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low Cost Spay Neuter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low Cost Spay Neuter

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our current operating budget is $792,500 and the majority of that is allocated to TNR.

Our goal is to trap and spay/neuter wild (feral) cats and return them to nature. Being fixed, they will not continue to have more litters. Females will no longer go into heat and the incidence of fighting will decrease. Those young cats and kittens that are friendly will be fostered while we provide complete wellness: spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, deworming, testing for common diseases and any medical treatment needed.

Our success is not only measured in spay/neuter numbers but also how many kittens that we prepare for adoption. Success is also measured in how well we educate our community about caring for their own companion animals and how they can be part of the solution in decreasing the feral cat population.

With public support, we accomplish this through TNR, medical rehab, transport, relocation, networking, and education. SPAH’s mission includes providing resources and equipment to empower the community to safely manage, monitor and care for colonies of cats.

Trap-Neuter-Return is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities and in every landscape and setting. TNR is exactly what it sounds like: cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. The tip of their left ear is removed so they can later be identified in the field, and not re-trapped or sent to animal control. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes. Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. The removal and euthanasia of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades does not get to the root of the problem and therefore persists. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters.

We have partnered with the ASPCA for more than three years. They bring their spay and neuter mobile clinic RVs to our facility in South El Monte several days a week to provide spay, neuter and vaccine services to our area, servicing the appointments we set up and the community members we train and educate on TNR. During the past year, we have spayed and neutered an average of 150 cats per week. Since our inception in 2018, we have TNR’d 9,870 cats and saved thousands of kittens from suffering and dying early deaths on the streets.

Recently, the ASPCA had to decrease the number of spay and neuter appointment slots they are able to give us, which we provide to our local community members and TNR trappers every week.

However, we are now self-sufficient with our mobile veterinary unit called the Spay Shuttle. We are operating four days a week, providing spay, neuter and vaccine services to the areas who need us most. We now have the capacity to spay, neuter and vaccinate up to 35 cats per day, four days a week. We have a team of vets and vet techs plus 75 volunteer trappers and fosters.

We are in negotiations with surrounding cities to run a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program, similar to our program in El Monte. This will decrease their cat and kitten intake at the shelters and ensure the feral cats are returned to nature, instead of euthanized.




With the new mobile unit, we have more capability than we have since inception as we are no longer dependent upon the ASPCA's mobile units. We will continue to partner with them however. We have a 75 volunteers ready and able to assist with trapping, provide support at the many community vaccine clinics we host, and foster kittens.

Data shows the extreme need for TNR services in El Monte, CA and surrounding areas. The Downey, Baldwin Park and Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) shelters serve our local area. The data shows that among the seven Los Angeles County shelters and SEAACA, there are significantly higher intake and euthanasia rates for cats as compared to other cities in Los Angeles.

Stray Paws Animal Haven is strategically positioned between the Downey Shelter, SEAACA and Baldwin Park Shelter to serve the areas that need the most support to help their community cats.

We TNR'd 4,508 cats in 2022 alone. The shelters described above do not have the capacity to handle the problem. We are working with LA County to be part of the solution which includes collaborating with local cities on low-cost vouchers for those in need. They sell the vouchers and we provide the services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Stray Paws Animal Haven

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Melissa Bento


Board co-chair

Joe Federico

Melissa Bento

Joe Federico

Jamie Footlick

Jody Slater

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.